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Prosecutors, Defense Attorneys In Talks To End Ecclestone Trial

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Prosecutors and attorneys for  Bernie Ecclestone are "in talks about a possible deal to end" the F1 CEO's bribery trial in Germany. His defense team today called for "proceedings to be closed, citing a lack of evidence that Ecclestone was criminally responsible and asserting that the proc...

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07/21/14
Franchise Notes

In L.A., Lisa Dillman reports the NHL Kings "already have sold out of season tickets" for '14-15. The team said that its season-ticket base "is 16,000 and that season-ticket renewal was in excess of 95%." The base number "includes partial season-ticket plans." The Kings "have sold out 120 consecutiv ...

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07/18/14
Monfort Blaming Front Office For Rockies' Woes?

Rockies Owner Dick Monfort on Thursday during a radio interview "seemed to start assigning blame" to Senior VP/Major League Operations & Assistant GM Bill Geivett and Exec VP, Chief Baseball Officer & GM Dan O'Dowd for the team's 40-55 start to the season, according to Nick Groke of the DEN ...

Tags: Colorado Rockies, Franchises

07/18/14
Tickets High In Demand For CFL's Return To Ottawa

The CFL is "back in Ottawa for a third incarnation" as the RedBlacks host the Argonauts on Friday in the team’s inaugural game at TD Place Stadium, the "first time CFL football has been played in Ottawa" since '05, according to Curtis Rush of the TORONTO STAR. The stadium, which was "still go ...

Tags: Franchises, CFL

07/18/14
Franchise Notes

In Phoenix, Nick Piecoro cites a Fox Sports report as saying that the Padres are considering D-Backs GM Kevin Towers "for a senior adviser position in which he would work alongside" the team's yet-to-be-hired GM. The team is "several weeks into a search" to fill the GM vacancy and has "reported ...

Tags: Franchises

07/17/14
Bucks Reveal List Of Local Minority Investors

The Bucks yesterday revealed an "initial list of local investors in the franchise," according to Charles Gardner of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. The investors include Fiduciary Management Inc. Exec Chair & Portfolio Manager Ted Kellner, Kapco Inc. President Jim Kacmarcik, Good Karma Brands Fo ...

Tags: Franchises, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA

07/17/14
Orlando City Halfway To Season-Ticket Cap

MLS expansion club Orlando City SC President Phil Rawlins said the club has sold "just shy" of 7,500 season tickets for the '15 season, according to Paul Tenorio of the ORLANDO SENTINEL. The club "ended its month-long World Cup sale on Tuesday, taking calls until midnight, and surpassed the hal ...

Tags: MLS, Orlando City SC, Franchises

07/17/14
Sharks' Tortora Cautious Discussing Ice Team

The Sharks' Ice Team has " drawn the most attention and social media discourse " this offseason, but COO John Tortora is "diplomatic and cautious in discussing the topic," according to Mark Purdy of the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS. Tortora said, "Our first priority is finding people who can skate and do a ...

Tags: Franchises, San Jose Sharks, NHL

07/17/14
MLB Rangers Seeing Big Drop In Attendance

The MLB Rangers are "on pace to draw" 2.84 million fans to Globe Life Park this season, marking a drop of more than 3,500 per game from '13, according to Gerry Fraley of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. That is the "third-largest" decline in per-game attendance in MLB, behind just the Phillies (6,731) ...

Tags: Franchises, New York Mets, Texas Rangers

07/16/14
Silver Unsure About Sterlings' Departure Time

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver yesterday said he cannot say with certainty that neither Donald nor Shelly Sterling will own the Clippers at the start of next season. Silver at the conclusion of the league's BOG meeting in Las Vegas said, “I can't say with certainty because it's in the hands of t ...

Tags: Franchises, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA

07/16/14
Selig Defers On Indians' Chief Wahoo Issue

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig yesterday said that any decision about the Indians changing their Chief Wahoo logo "will have to be made by the team itself," according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland PLAIN DEALER. Selig: "The club has to make that decis ...

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Franchises, MLB

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